Strange Horizons, November 21, 2022

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Strange Horizons, November 21, 2022

“She Dreams of Moons and Moons” by Marisca Pichette

Reviewed by Victoria Silverwolf

“She Dreams of Moons and Moons” by Marisca Pichette takes place in a world with a green moon growing brighter as the sun grows dimmer. There are dangerous creatures about, which seem to be giant versions of normal ones. On the other hand, it may be that the seemingly human inhabitants are instead very small. The narrator learns how to survive in this environment from a mentor, possibly a parent.

As can be seen, I found this story less than entirely clear. The author creates a poetic, evocative setting of great beauty and wonder, but offers little in the way of plot. There is a hint that other, unseen inhabitants of this world react to the environment with violence rather than the gentler ways used by the narrator and the mentor, but even this theme is so far in the background that it has little effect on the reader.

Victoria Silverwolf bought two laptops yesterday.